Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Obstacles





Only one laser treatment left to go and my every other day two hour drive to the vet will hopefully be a relic of a life none of us want to return to. She is walking better each day and we hope her life will now be the bed of roses she deserves. I am glad my two hour drives to the vet will end.

I just finished the Bible passage about the donkey who lay down and refused to go one step further. The owner, Balaam, was traveling to disobey God and curse Israel, but the donkey, seeing an angel in the road, would not carry him on that fated path. Balaam couldn't see the angel, and instead, to my great dismay, beat the donkey. The donkey was given a voice, and spoke up. He berated his owner for beating him, in essence saying, "Have I ever been in the habit of not listening to you? If I am not listening, don't you think I probably had a good reason?"

I always hate to read about the abuse of an animal, but I think God was making an additional point. I think God was reminding us that sometimes when we don't get what we want, cannot travel the path we are certain we should be on, it is because He has placed an obstacle for a good purpose. We may not see or understand the obstacle, but we can always rest assured that if God is blocking our path, it is for our protection.

I don't know about you, but a few unseen obstacles are blocking my paths these days, and it can be so disheartening. But I try to remember Balaam's donkey and know that if God is placing an obstacle, He probably has a good reason. Instead of raging, I should be praising.

Numbers 22:32-33 NIV
[32] The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. [33] The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”




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